by Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | March 06, 2012
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has become the first health care facility in the UK to install GE Healthcare's Discovery MR750w, a new wide-bore 3T MRI.
GE made the announcement March 1, only a few days after revealing the first U.S. commercial installation
at an imaging facility in Brooklyn.
The GE Discovery MR750w features a 70-centimeter opening for bigger or claustrophobic patients, as well as the company's ergonomic GEM radiofrequency coils. Six of the units have been installed in Europe, out of 20 worldwide.
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The National Health Service-run public hospital in Norwich bought the machine to replace an older scanner, a GE rep told DOTmed News. It'll be used both for clinical exams and for research on joint themes such as obesity and gut function, according to a GE press release.
The GE Discovery MR750w received Food and Drug Administration clearance